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    The Orphanage

    Founded Year: 1999
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    The Orphanage was a visual effects studio located in California. It had offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco. It was co-founded in 1999 by Stu Maschwitz, Jonathan Rothbart and Scott Stewart, who all previously worked at Industrial Light and Magic. Scott Kirsner at Hollywood Reporter iinterviewed a couple of the founders and writes about the company and its future plans. Stu Maschwitz created the Magic Bullet software which gives video a film look and wrote a book about guerrilla filmmaking called The DV Rebel's Guide: An All-Digital Approach to Making Killer Action Movies on the Cheap.

    On February 4, 2009 the company announced it was suspending operations indefinitely, after 10 years in the business. The announcement was made by company co-founders Stu Maschwitz, Scott Stewart and Jonathan Rothbart, and announced on Mr. Maschwitz's blog. No immediate notice was posted on the company's website. Although the announcement gave no reason for the closing, bloggers attributed the closing to general economic conditions.

    People

    Mike Janov (2004 - 2008)
    Effects Supervisor Technical Director
    Ryan Tudhope (2004 - 2006)
    Visual Effects Supervisor Environment Supervisor Associate Visual Effects Supervisor Cg Sequence Supervisor
    Ben Grossmann (2005)
    Computer Graphics Supervisor
    Benoit Pelchat (2008)
    Matte Painter
    Catherine Tate (2004)
    Digital Compositor
    Christian Kaestner (2006)
    Roto/paint Artist
    Hans Uhlig (2004)
    Cg Supervisor
    John Stewart (2006)
    Digital Compositor
    Mike Cavanaugh (2004)
    Visual Effects Editor

    News

    Sin City VFX by The Orphanage
    April 3rd, 2005
    The Orphanage was called upon to create a range of digital environments, CG effects and one Yellow Bastard.